NAVARRO COUNTY — At least one person was killed and six others were injured Saturday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 45 near Corsicana.
The Chevrolet sport utility vehicle that had been traveling from the Houston area to Carrollton for a family event when, Texas Department of Public Safety investigators said, the driver apparently attempted to over-correct the steering and the vehicle went out of control around 8:15 a.m.
It rolled over five times in the northbound lanes of the highway at mile marker 234, three miles north of Corsicana.
"There were five people ejected," said Sgt. Thomas Moore of the Texas Department of Public Safety. "One was killed and four were seriously injured."
Maria Elena Martinez, 48, died in the accident.
“I prayed then and there because my heart goes out to them. It just really looked bad,” said Cynthia Askin, a neighbor who woke up to the sound of helicopters.
One-year-old Anthony Resendiz was in a car seat, but was seriously injured. He was airlifted to Children's Medical Center in Dallas and last reported to be on life support.
Emmanuel Resendiz, 5 and Adrian Reyna, 8 were also taken to Children's and last said to be in serious condition.
Rosa Resendiz, 26, and Maria Reyna, 19, were the only two people in the vehicle wearing seat belts; they were both in stable condition.
“If [they] had seat belts on, I wouldn't have expected this to be a fatality crash," Sgt. Moore said. "It's a very routine accident we have on the interstate. You know, the seat belt is the cheapest form of insurance you can have in your vehicle."
The investigation slowed traffic in the area for hours.